THIS ALL STARTED some years ago at a barbecue hosted by Nelson Moore '61. I took a fancy to a shirt Larry Wickstrom was wearing and asked where he got it. Turns out wife Beverly Swaim Wickstrom got it for him at the Del Mar Fair. I've been ordering them on line ever since. Last week the Wingo Women attended the fair, and Nancy bought three shirts for me, one of which is called Arizona Vistas. The Arizona flag on the shirt took me back to 1968, I think, when I was living in Mission Beach within earshot of the Roller Coaster. At the nearby Bahia Hotel, the owner Bill Evans ran up the Arizona flag to welcome the Zonies to San Diego. It may have been Evening Tribune columnist Neil Morgan who noted that Bill was getting nasty phone calls for displaying the Viet Cong flag while our troops were fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia. Here are both flags so you can compare and contrast.
Do you watch Big Bang Theory? Some of my "friends" compare me to Sheldon Cooper. Suffice it to say that the time on my microwave and the time on my oven were different and it was driving me crazy. Turns out the new microwave was accurate and the oven needed to be reset. I couldn't figure out how to do it and grudgingly decided to consult the instruction manual. That didn't work either, possibly because it was the instruction manual for the microwave. Good news. I downloaded the Whirlpool instruction manual and reset the clock. All's Right In God's Heaven -- for now.
Speaking of appliance confusion, I sat down in the easy chair Wednesday at noon to eat a sandwich and watch a little TV. When the phone rang I was deep asleep -- and having trouble hearing the person on the other end. Turns out I was shouting into the television remote control.
I've just learned that Joe Dyke '65 will be sitting in with the band at the Amigo Spot tomorrow night. Keyboardist Doug Kvandal '66 and Joe have played together since they were students at Horace Mann, so they might not need to practice. I hope Joe's wearing the Liederhosen I last saw him in. That may have beet at Karl Strauss ten years ago. Downbeat is 6:30 PM. The Amigo Spot is at the King's Inn, Hotel Circle South, Mission Valley.
Greg May posted three photos of Smokey Rogers taken by Bill Reid on December 7, 1953. Maybe you're one of the pictured tykes. Click HERE to check out the images enlarged -- and read a couple of stories.
If you're one of the people who thought Tom Ault had changed over the years, that's because it was Bob Grender. Earl Altschuler has asked me to make the change. Click HERE to take another look at the Crawford Baseball Reunion photo.
Ken Daly has been working with me the past month piecing together information on his buddy Scott Graham '63, who left Crawford in his senior year to attend Snyder Continuation, then returned to Crawford the following year. At any rate, he passed away March 15th, and appears in both the '63 and '64 yearbooks. Read Ken's remembrance on the Class of '63 Obituary Page.
Terry Hall '64 sends word of the passing of his classmate Don Graham on May 13th. Click HERE to read a full obituary.